Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt2

Hi folks, we’re following up our previous post on RHEV and CloudForms configuration with getting some actual work done. Specifically, we’re going to build a catalog item for our self-service catalog. In order to keep the posts and demos short, the examples are fairly basic, but don’t let that fool you. You can do some crazy and complicated automation. Continue reading “Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt2”

Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt1

Ok, so we’ve really built up our RHEV environment over the last few weeks, but if you remember I promised to get this to the point of “Cloud Light” or you could call me out on it. Well, we’re here so you can’t call me out… This means we’re going to start integrating with a cloud management platform (CMP) so that we can have a self-service portal in order to get some more advanced and complicated work done.

Let’s get started. Continue reading “Self-Service with CloudForms & RHEV pt1”

Using RHEV 3.6 (Configure HA Virtual Machines)

This week we’re going to cover how to configure our RHEV system for High Availability (HA). Specifically to handle VMs that need to be restarted automatically should something happen to the underlying hardware. Keep in mind, not every VM needs HA and not every VM with an HA configuration needs the same priority. We’re going to cover that as well as some optional features that may or may not be needed for your VMs, depending on the scenario.

Let’s get started Continue reading “Using RHEV 3.6 (Configure HA Virtual Machines)”

Using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 (Live Migration)

We’re now firmly rooted in getting work done and doing more fun things in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization at this point. We’ve moved on from “deploying” in that we’ve deployed RHEV, we’ve deployed resources, and we’ve even imported some resources from a completely different hypervisor/environment. Today, we’ll talk about and demonstrate another cornerstone feature of any enterprise virtualization platform:

Live migration Continue reading “Using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 (Live Migration)”

Deploying RHEV pt6 (Importing vSphere VMs)

Yep, you read that correctly folks. I’m going to show you how to import VMs from vSphere into RHEV, right from RHEV-M. Why would you want to do that?? For starters, maybe you simply want to move virtualization platforms. You have some virtual machines that you happen to like, you just don’t feel like rebuilding them from scratch. That doesn’t make you lazy at all. It means you’re planning. Or maybe a little lazy, but mostly that you don’t want to do your work over if there wasn’t anything wrong with it in the first place.

Work smarter, not harder. Continue reading “Deploying RHEV pt6 (Importing vSphere VMs)”

Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt5 (Networks)

Hi folks,

We’re officially on a roll here and making headway. This is the last major deployment and/or configuration step within RHEV before we start pushing things around. Yes, there are lots of bells and whistles, but in terms of “compute”, “storage”, and “network” resources, this rounds it out. Let’s get to it. Continue reading “Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt5 (Networks)”

Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt3 (Storage)

Hi folks,

This is a very quick follow up to my last post as I want to keep you moving along in your endeavors. We’ve deployed RHEV-M, we’ve added a RHEL hypervisor, but before we can provision any VM’s, we need to attach storage. In this case, we’re going to attach NFS.

Let’s get started. Continue reading “Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt3 (Storage)”

Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt2 (Hypervisors)

Hi folks,

In my last post, we deployed RHEV-M, the Web UI & brains for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV). This week, I’m pushing on to the next logical and required step in the process – deploying a hypervisor. Continue reading “Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt2 (Hypervisors)”

Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt1

Hi folks,

A few weeks ago, I made a suggestion/push/case for what I casually refer to as “cloud light”. As a brief recap, it just means using a hybrid management platform (aka cloud management platform) to front a traditional virtualization platform like RHEV. In the end, you get automation, integration, self-service, API and everything else you would want from “private cloud”. See my previous article on Should I Migrate to the Cloud?  for the “why” or “why not”..

Before we get to our “cloud light”, we need to start by deploying our traditional virtualization. In this case, “RHEV”. Continue reading “Deploying RHEV 3.6 pt1”

Favorite New Features in oVirt 3.3

Hi folks,

Thanks for checking out my first new “real” post in quite some time. I’ve been neck deep in OpenStack since I got back from Red Hat Summit and I’ve barely had time to come up for air. I’d like to help announce the release of oVirt 3.3, that came out on the 16th (I’m only 4 days late in talking about it!!). There are a number of new features added and I’m going to highlight my 4 favorites below. Continue reading “Favorite New Features in oVirt 3.3”